You think you have a gaydar but you have no idea.
Literally: science has recently proven that there is absolutely zero proof that so called “gay radars” exist. Instead they prove something startling about LGBT people.
According to a study by the University Of Wisconsin-Madison that sought to determine the validity of gaydars, the long held belief that some people can sense or know when someone is gay is very false. Instead, the study proves that gaydars are just an excuse to stereotype. Ouch.
William Cox, a scientist on the study, explains.
Imagine that 100 percent of gay men wear pink shirts all the time, and 10 percent of straight men wear pink shirts all the time. Even though all gay men wear pink shirts, there would still be twice as many straight men wearing pink shirts. So, even in this extreme example, people who rely on pink shirts as a stereotypic cue to assume men are gay will be wrong two-thirds of the time.
The study worked by having three groups of people “use” their gaydar after being told that gaydar was real, gaydar was stereotyping, and nothing about gaydars. The results only found that the group told that it was real exaggerated stereotypes, leading the group to assume someone was gay more often. Given a description such as “He likes shopping,” the group automatically assumed he was gay. Typical.
This obviously is dangerous and points out that, hey, some LGBTQ people are petty monsters, particularly gay men. You can feel this study is coming from a place of bitterness that the queer community is quite good at assuming things about other people. This seems to have slowed in recent years given how identities are changing but we as people love to think we “know” when someone is or isn’t.
Unfortunately science has yet again delivered a bigger cup of tea than we ever will: you’re just being a catty queen. That’s not cute.